Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am is set to release his new album #willpower on October 15, but for now, the musician joined NASA and Discovery Education for the premiere of his first single, appropriately named "Reach for the Stars." NASA broadcast live video of the event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California at 4pm EST Tuesday.
According to a NASA release, members of the team that sent the Curiosity rover to Mars, first answered questions from high school students about the complexities of transmitting sound waves down to Earth. NASA
Will.i.am appeared to introduce the song and to talk about his charity, the i.am.angel Foundation.
In the following promotional video for "Reach for the Stars," Will.i.am explains that he chose to use a full orchestra for the song, complete with a kids choir. "It don't think it's the right thing to do, sending a computer beat to Mars," Will.i.am said.